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Baby shark washes ashore in Laguna Beach

July 21, 2011 |  8:50 am

A 4-foot baby salmon shark beached itself Tuesday evening in Laguna Beach, startling residents of the Emerald Bay community.

The shark, which was first spotted about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, was initially thought to be a great white, according to Cyndy Hutchinson, who saw the shark while walking on the beach and snapped some photos of it.

The shark may have been injured or stranded in the area, Hutchinson told the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

"I saw a pink circle on its stomach, so maybe it got hit by a dolphin or was hurt on a rock," she said.

The shark was pulled back into the ocean by a local man and appeared to swim away, but by Wednesday morning it had washed back ashore, dead. A local reportedly took the shark off the beach and placed it on ice, Hutchinson said.

"It was supposed to be headed to the Ocean Institute," Hutchinson said.

Julianne Fteers, who manages the aquarium program at the Ocean Institute, said the institute was hoping to get the shark carcass and turn it over to "an appropriate agency" for study.


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Photo: A 4-foot salmon shark washed ashore in Laguna Beach. Credit: David Lind